What Is the Difference Between Metal Fabrication and Machining?
Molding vs. Chiseling The assistant at the machinery sales company was confused. His boss had gotten after him for listing a used ironworker on the same side of a flier as the used lathes and mills. “That page is only for chip machines,” the company owner had said. “The ironworkers go with the metal fabrication […]
Cold Rolled vs. Hot Rolled Steel
Running Hot and Cold When you need to order cold rolled or hot rolled steel for your next fabrication project, it’s important to buy the right kind to match the job. Not only are there four major types or groups of steel (carbon, alloy, stainless, and tool steel), the World Steel Association has identified over […]
Air Bending vs. Bottom Bending
The ABCs of Metal Bending The fab shop owner came back to the dinner table after having taken a phone call from his assistant manager. “Sorry for the interruption,” he told his family. “Our new operator is used to bottoming and coining, so we have to train him to do air bending.” “Bottoming? That sounds […]